The couple extend their wedding week festivities to the groom's native country

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 05, 2007 10:20 AM

And the party just keeps going.

After two wedding celebrations – one civil, the other religious – in England this weekend, newlyweds Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar arrived in Mumbai, India, early Monday to kick off the next leg of their nuptials.

What will follow is a six-day build-up of traditional Indian festivities, to be topped off with a ceremony at the lavish Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, the Associated Press reports.

Although the newlyweds have been mum about their plans, their celebration is expected to include a traditional haldi or turmeric ceremony, in which Hurley, 41, and Nayar, 42, will be covered in a paste of turmeric, milk and cream to cleanse and beautify them.

Hosting the ceremony will be family friend Parmeshwar Godrej, the wife of well-known Indian industrialist Adi Godrej, according to the Times of India.

Godrej informed the paper that the ceremony would be held in Mumbai on Monday, with a small group of close associates witnessing it, followed by a formal dinner.

Wedding celebrations will then continue from Wednesday through Saturday in Jodhpur.

Before Saturday’s lavish festivities at the palace, the English actress-model and the Indian-born textile heir (who is also CEO of a software company) are also expected to attend a mehendi ceremony, where intricate henna designs will be applied on the bride’s hands.